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>> welcome to this edition of our world with black enterprise. fame, celebrity, tv and paparazzi. the television industry is big business and we examine why. first up we go in front of the camera with actress who portrays the fiesty character cookie on empire. >> you can't please everybody. it's unfortunate that we don't see what we're trying to do. it's unfortunate that they're judging. who are you? you think you're better than cookie? you don't have any issues be your family? your life is perfect? >> and then we sit down with the hardest working man in
entertainment, steve harvey. >> they can out run you, they can out jump you, they can out dress you, they can out sing you, they can out dance you. they can be better looking than you. they can run faster than you and they can run higher than you but there will not be a man living that can out work you. >> in a world where content is king this entrepreneur took a leap of faith and launched her own media company. >> i was just about 9:00 to 5:00 and i was used to having that check so when it was time for me to go i was holding on one side to the check but then trying to reach back for my company. >> right. >> a semileap. >> exactly but i knew if i didn't leap at a certain point i was never going to. >> where there are celebrities and stars there's always paparazzi paparazzi. it was a blessing in disguise that lead to me doing photography and being a personal
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with baretta. she's planning to steal everything you got which is everything i got. >> it's a pleasure to have you on our world. >> thank you. >> so we're sitting here right now. american black film festival and many years ago baby boy, right, that was premiered and now you're back. not just as a participant but you're back as the ambassador. >> that sounds very important. >> yes. you were on about ten years ago and by the way, you look the same. >> thank you. >> and what you were talking about was really, really powerful. it was about you kicking the doors down in hollywood. >> what they do, the industry to me, they belittle your worth. i know that i can fill a theater. i know that i can at least get $500,000 worth of tickets but i'm not making that but at the end of the day i'm a soldier and i'm going to kick the doors down
my own foot. do you feel like you're diskounlted now or have you arrived? >> people get it now. they get it. took them a long time. but it's okay. welcome to the party. >> there you go. we love you. as a matter of fact i have been asking, everyone that says i love taraji p. henson and i'll say why. do you know what the number one reason is? they say she's real. she's real. >> well, i don't know. >> but in particular you're adored by single mothers and they resinate with your story. now do you feel like you're a role model for single mothers? >> i just live my life and i try to live with the proper morals and standards but, you know, i'm not going out every day saying i'm going to be a role model because i'm just as flawed as the next person. >> so when you look at the next 15 or 20 years of your career, what would that caption read?
i mean, there's a lot of things that i still want to do and accomplish. i don't have a franchise movie. tyrese has two. i haven't played an iconic figure yet. i haven't done a super hero yet. i haven't done a major comedy yet. there's so much i got to do. >> so much you want to do. >> so much more i want to do. overseas filming is where i'm trying to go. overseas. i beg to differ. you're trying to tell me i don't have fans overseas. empire is over there because of streaming. >> interesting. okay. >> i'm on my way to monte carlo tomorrow and doing another international press tour on my christmas break. so there goes that myth. >> message. >> message. >> message right there.
played an iconic role yet but i feel like cookie -- she is iconic but here's the question. i know that you get a lot of push back, negative stereotypes pushing. how do you respond to that? it's unfortunate that they don't see what we're trying to do. judging. cookie? you don't have any issues with your family? your life is perfect? i lived in the hood. i remember when crack was dropped off in the hood. i saw families get destroyed by it. i know what it is to have hungry kids and not be able to feed them so when your back is pushed up against the wall, what do you do? survive? you do whatever it takes. but at the end of the day instead of judging why don't you look at what they did. they broke a cycle of poverty. usually you pass down welfare or
living off the system. but what cookie and lucius did do is break that cycle. >> they broke it. >> i hate they sold drugs but they're out of the hood and they built an empire and this is how a lot of the corporations were built. >> this is very political. >> it's the american dream. emotions empire is the american dream. >> thank you very much. you are what we consider to be one of the most authentic people on screen. >> thank you. >> thank you for joining us. >> that means a lot to me, thank you. >> coming up, steve harvey tells us what keeps him motivated in showbiz. when you're not confident your company's data is secure, the possibility of a breach can quickly become the only thing you think about. that's where at&t can help.
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that was all he was. i thank god for that because that's the work ethic that's in me today. he taught me. he said son, listen, they are out run you they can out jump you, they can out dress you, they can out sing you, they can out dance you. they can be better looking than you but there will not be a man living that can out work you. >> my father was the same way. no room for laziness in the house but you did all kinds of different jobs. >> i wanted to be rich. i was exhausted with poverty. i was sick of it. it had made me -- i was allergic to it. i could not understand siemsometimes why i would be itching. but i was allergic to poverty. i didn't know it at the time. i just thought polyester will expose any allergy you have. i just wanted to be rich. if you came to me with a way to get rich, i bought the kit.
one point you found that thing. you felt, you saw show business in some say shape or form. >> there's a comedian still out here named a.j. jamal and i was writing jokes for him. one day a girl came over to the house and said you're the dude writing the jokes for a.j. and i said wrae she said do it yourself. come with me this tuesday, so october 8th, 1985 i walked into hilarities comedy club and signed up to be a comedian for the next week. so they did nine people. supposed to do ten. tenth person didn't show. they said the tenth person isn't here we'll go to next week's list. if steve harvey is here, we'll take steve harvey tonight and i was sitting there eating a chicken wing and drinking grapefruit juice and i said somebody in here got the same name i got. and she said you are just ignorant. that's you.
so the dude said if steve harvey is here, come on up. so i ran up on stage. i walked up on stage and i said excuse me folks but i ain't here until next week. it was a white crowd, so they laugh better. you say that in front of black people, you know, what is you here for then. but i said i ain't here until next week and i won amateur night and they paid me $50. i went to work the next day, the next day and quit my job. >> you had this success in this one area but too often whether it's sports or entertainment we do something well in one area and we don't look at the business side of things. >> yeah. >> you decided you were going to become that other guy. you were going to be the one that was not just the entertainment but an owner. >> people ask me why you got so many jobs? it's because if you come to me
with you i can easily say you can have your job. if i go and ask you for the money i think i deserve and you fight me on it i can walk away because i got three more jobs that pay. as i sit in front of i don't want you all to think i'm this arrogant person. i do understand that my life is just a huge blessing. it's really grace. that god did all this to me. i can't map this out. how i got a radio show, a tv show, a talk show, two more shows coming on this summer, that's god. that's grace. i can't explain it no other way. >> now you've expanded outside of media to other businesses. share with us about what you're doing from an entrepreneurship basis outside of media. >> i decided when i die i got to leave something for my children. i can't leave none of these tv shows for them. i can't leave these jokes to them.
them so i said man you got to start building something else that your kids can take over. i don't ever want to be poor again. that drives me. i can't go back to that, man. i can't go back to not having. i can't go back. i lived in a car, man. you dig? i lived in a car. do you know what it feels like to at the end of the day not be able to say i'm going home? you don't know, man. so when i'm looking at myself here today in front of y'all, i'm going, man, what makes me emotional is i actually think of the moments i come from. i always am aware at even moments like this that this is all a blessing. now i work hard but at the end
to be sitting up here because i lived in a car. so now that i've done shut the whole room down. >> on that note, ladies and gentlemen, the incomparable, steve harvey. [ applause ] >> appreciate you. >> after the break, from faith based programming to sesame street our entrepreneur of the week shares her secrets of success. stay with us. when you're not confident your company's data is secure, the possibility of a breach can quickly become the only thing you think about. that's where at&t can help. at at&t we monitor our network traffic so we can see things others can't. mitigating risks across your business.
welcome back. after stepping out on faith this entrepreneur of the week started her own production company to programming. >> tammie williams is the ceo of open rivers pictures. a production company she runs with her husband alvin in fayetteville georgia. the company specializes in faith based tv shows and digital programming. >> when was the first time that you realized that you wanted to work behind the camera? >> as a kid. there was something about watching movie premieres that used to air on television that i wanted to be a part of it but not so much in front of the camera but behind the camera. at a young age, i was 12 or 13 and already thinking about being behind the camera. >> earlier in her career tammie struggled between leaving her full time position and stepping out on faith to start her own
company. >> i was just about 9 to 5 again and i was used to having that check. when it was time for me to go i was holding on one side to the check but trying to reach back for my company. >> exactly. >> but i knew that if i didn't leave at a certain point i was never going to leave because there's nothing worse for a creative person to be locked down and there's nowhere to grow. and it needs to come out. >> it needs to come out. >> they started with limit resources. they used their own equipment, production expertise and accumulated their client list through word of mouth. open rivers pictures is a full time operation that specializes in inspirational programming. tammie leaves her career path is connected to a higher purpose. >> we want people to really grow
i want to stand before god and say i died empty. poured out. have done all that you called me to do. all that we do, serve a purpose in this community and in this world. >> thanks trish. after the break, from paparazzi to celebrity photographer this week's slice of life is clicking his way to the top. stay with us. you know i still can't believe mcdonald's is serving breakfast all day! it doesn't get any better than this! uh-oh. dead air. go to commercial. [laughter] it's time for the new all day breakfast menu at mcdonald's. ba-da-ba-ba-ba [ female announcer ] feeling great during menopause is possible. amberen naturally restores your hormonal balance and relieves hot flashes, sleeplessness, weight gain, and other symptoms. amberen. available in stores nationwide. when you do business everywhere, the challenges of keeping everyone working together
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>> welcome back to our world with black enterprise. the life of a celebrity photographer is all about finding that perfect shot. we caught up with johnny nunez. he's our slice of life. he is one of the most respected names in celebrity photography but up close and personal he is also one of the most grounded individuals. not only does johnny nunez remember life before he was given a first chance but he also remembers life before he was given a last name. >> i was born and raised in brooklyn. i was the fourth child. i was abandoned when i was 2
luckily through the grace of god, she was a temporary mother for me. she was like my cousin and she fell in love with me and by the time i turned five i was adopted into the nunez family. my family that adopted me already had four children of their own. they just accepted me. unfortunately my mom passed away when i was 10. >> after losing the only mother he knew johnny moved with his new family from brooklyn to long island. >> he went through all his years of school, graduated college and was studying to be a radiation therapist. his world went spinning. >> everything i had i lost from my friends to even the place i was living to eventually checking myself into a storage unit and living out of a car. i prayed on it and the answer was photography.
passion it was time to hustle hard and make magic. with his charm and his tenacity, johnny developed a knack for capturing and influencing rare yet candid celebrity conversations. >> it was a blessing in disguise that lead to me doing photography and being a personal photographer to the likes of some of today's most popular celebrities. >> johnny's classic shots include l.a. reid, usher and the legendary heavy d. diddy with george clooney and naz and jay-z. it's a bottomless pool of priceless celebrity moments. >> spike lee, nicki minaj, beyonce, alicia keys, swiss beats. drake, lil wayne. not only be their photographer but being there at the start of their career and also being asked to shoot in the white house for obama.
just to know that i was part of that is a blessing. >> today he is a loving husband and a father and the super stars he has befriended show love to his beautiful daughter julia and handsome son jeremiah. >> to be number one at anything you want in life you have to be fearless. you have to be tenacious. you have to be patient. even if the odds are stacked against you, that doesn't apply to you. you have to be able to see and overcome whatever you want, go after it. so i have nothing to lose. i am taking my camera and business card. it allows me to get into places the most common people will never get to see. if i'm not an example of faith in god then i don't know what is. >> that does it for this edition of our world with black enterprise. be sure to visit us on the web at black enterprise/our world. like us on facebook and follow